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Published on Jun 14, 2015
After the tragic Back Bay fire in Boston in March of 2014, when Boston Fire Lieutenant Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in the line of duty, I wanted to do something that would honor their legacies and the legacies of all those who paid the supreme sacrifice while serving others. The day prior to that fire, I heard Jeff Buckley’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and decided to write lyrics to that tune that reflected my thoughts on that day. Shortly after, I gave the lyrics to Charles Grenier, the Music Director at Saint Blaise Parish in Bellingham, MA. His voice is absolutely amazing and incredible, and I knew that was the voice that would be best for this work. Charles contacted Sony about obtaining permission to use the song at Mass, and today was that day. June 14, 2015….Firefighters’ Memorial Sunday in Bellingham. A huge thank you to Charles, his wife Beth (also singing here), and to Father Al Faretra for his spiritual leadership and for making this possible. And, to my wife for the camera work. But most importantly, to firefighters everywhere, thank you for doing what you do.